ERIC Number: ED406907
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Apr-16
Retention Models for Minority College Students.
Obiakor, Festus E.; Harris-Obiakor, Pauline
This paper discusses retention techniques that can be used with minority students at predominantly white colleges, focusing on four phases that are critical to the retention and academic achievement of minority students: acceptance, acclimatization, responsibility, and productivity. In the acceptance phase, the college community should attempt to convince minority students very early that it is interested in them and that help is available for them to maximize their potential. The acclimatization phase involves building a positive racial climate and the incorporation of clearly stated retention policies. To foster minority student responsibility, minority program directors should organize a leadership seminar that addresses the organizational structure of the college and its relationship to the community, profiles an effective leader, parliamentary procedures for conducting an effective meeting, and an overview of management skills. In the productivity phase, the minority networking milieu should endeavor to destroy the stereotypes that hinder acceptance into the mainstream of academic life at white colleges. (Contains 11 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Research and Creativity Forum (Emporia, KS, April 16, 1997).